August 2018 The pros and cons of air con August 2018 The height of summer means heat, and more and more of you are turning to air conditioning to keep your cool. We take a look at the pros and cons of air con – and offer up some low-cost alternatives. For those focused on the great outdoors before summer ends, we have 10 great local hiking tips to consider before you hit the trail. And when you go – make sure to snap a pic. You could use it to win great prizes in our Clean Getaway photo contest. The pros and cons of air con: are lower-cost alternatives the better way to go? Air conditioning might seem like an easy way to get a decent night's sleep in summer, but you might sleep even easier if you save a little money. We break down your best option for keeping your cool, and what it might cost you. My Clean Getaway photo contest: show us your B.C. summer Until August 10, you have a chance to win a waterproof camera or MEC gift card when you submit a photo. Learn more Make your smart speaker even smarter with a new energy trial If you already own a Google Home or an Amazon Echo, you'll want to get in on our new trial to integrate your speaker with MyHydro. Learn more PNE Prize Home is no Zero But it is Net Zero-ready. Take a look at this year's spectacular PNE Prize home – designed to use 80% less power than the B.C. Building Code standard. Learn more 10 tips from an avid hiker Whether you're ready to face the daunting but indescribable West Coast trail or are looking for something close to home, we've got a few pointers. Learn more Recently on BCHydro.com Cold comfort: report breaks down exactly what it costs to cool A new BC Hydro report takes a look at how British Columbians have been cooling their homes, the rising use of air conditioning, and what it means for your wallet. Learn more Buildings We Love: Falcon Heights home in Saanich There's a lot to like about this Certified Net Zero home overlooking Cordova Bay in Saanich. That's why it's the latest in our Building We Love series. Learn more 5 tech tips to help make the most of summer Before the kids head back to school, we've got five ways that smart tech can help you end summer in style. Learn more It's easier online Visit bchydro.com and log in to MyHydro to manage your account online. Join Team Power Smart Join Team Power Smart, then start a Challenge that could earn you $50 if you save 10% over 12 months. Enter this month to win a $150 gift card from Best Buy. Connect with us: Log in to MyHydro Outages & Safety Accounts Contact Us Energy Savings You have received this email because you subscribed to receive the Connected newsletter.